Red-light cameras will go dark at New Jersey’s 73-equipped intersections in 24 towns in mid-December if the Legislature and Christie don’t act to renew the five-year-old pilot program — one that has drawn the ire of many drivers. Assemblyman Declan O’Scanlon (R-Monmouth) has railed against all types of traffic cameras, and has been vocal about the state not renewing the red-light camera program.
James C. Walker, a member of the National Motorists Association and a board member and executive director of the National Motorists Association Foundation, tells why Brooksville city officials have lost the good faith and trust of the citizens on the issue of red-light cameras, and how they can restore some of the trust and good faith with the citizens on this issue.
The city of St. Peters will suspend its red-light camera program until the Missouri Supreme Court determines whether it’s appropriate to use them in this state. The suspension will go into effect September 1, 2014, but if you receive a ticket before the suspension you are still required to pay the fee.
New life has been given to a debate over Illinois speed limits most thought was settled. Earlier this week, Gov. Quinn vetoed a bill that would have allowed Illinois’ toll roads to increase their maximum speed limit from 65 mph to 70 mph. However, primary Senate bill sponsor Jim Oberweis, R-Sugar Grove, called the governor’s decision “political at its core.” Oberweis said he believes he has the Senate and House support to garner a supermajority vote to override Quinn’s veto.
As cars collect and store more and more data about the whereabouts of their drivers, automakers are responding to critics who say they should be more transparent about how those details are used. Location data has been a growing concern for privacy advocates who fear it could be used to obtain information about motorists’ whereabouts and travel habits.
A bill which would raise the speed limit from 65 to 70mph on all toll highways under the jurisdiction of the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority was vetoed Tuesday by Governor Quinn. Quinn says he used his veto pen citing evidence drivers already exceed the speed limit in many cases which can lead to serious accidents.
Five police officers told the Waldo City Council that they’ve been under a quota to write traffic tickets, which is a violation of Florida law. The Gainesville Sun reports they were required by Chief Mike Szabo to write 12 speeding tickets per 12-hour shift, or face punishment.
Officials in Sioux City are reviewing an Iowa Department of Transportation request for more information about the city’s red-light and speed cameras. The information requested Friday via email will be used by the Iowa DOT to determine whether Sioux City and five other Iowa cities can keep traffic cameras.
Officials say the current system in which police handwrite the violations is prone to sloppiness and mistakes. Under the Motor Vehicle Automated Crash and Citation System, driver’s licenses would be run through card readers in police cruisers. A ticket would then be printed out and the information automatically sent to the Registry of Motor Vehicles.
Nassau Democrats have filed legislation intended to give motorists more visible notice when speed cameras are operating in school zones after residents expressed outrage over thousands of $80 tickets generated by the rollout of the county’s new traffic photo program.